There was no word as to whether a Playmobil figure was at the drone's controls.
Is this - GASP! - the return of Playmobil to El Reg?
The runaway experimental drone that closed Latvia's skies to international flights after it went missing has been found lodged in a tree. At the beginning of this month, Latvia's airspace was all but closed to long-distance flights after the 26kg craft, made by local firm SIA UAVFactory, disappeared on a test flight. Now the …
The current edition of the AMA (American aeromodellers) journal has two items about lost planes. One is a picture of a competition sailplane that disappeared a couple of years ago that was found recently. It disappeared because after crash landing it was picked up by a teenager who took it home and hid it in the crawl space under their house. This explains one common way that planes disappear -- its difficult to lose a bright yellow 4 meter wingspan plane, you need someone to move it The other piece was an article on using a quadcopter and mapping software to find a lost plane.
This goes to show just out of touch the official world is from real life. That drone is a model. Models get lost. There are all sorts of ways to locate models that are used by amateurs, up to and including GPS tracing and position reporting by cellphone. None involve the closing of a naitonal airspace.
"... does it mean that a drone these days can stay in the air for three days non-stop?"
Well apparently this one can. I think the clue is in the fact that it was "refuelled" and not "recharged". Though of course if fitted with photovoltaic cells a drone could stay up for even longer.
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